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Wed. September 2, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

CLEARWATER -- Clearwater Central Catholic coach Mike Jalazo gave credit where credit was due. Palm Harbor University beat his team (28-14) fair and square in last week’s preseason classic.

But …

“We left 17 points out there,” Jalazo said.

The culprit: Two dropped passes that would have been TDs and a botched snap on a field goal.

For the record, the Marauders had other issues, namely poor tackling.

“We have to execute better,” Jalazo said. “We didn’t look good, really. And Palm Harbor played well.”

Despite CCC’s problems, the night wasn’t a waste.

For starters, both of the team’s quarterbacks -- starter Eric Miller and backup Nick Newton -- had better-than average showings.

“Eric had a really good game,” Jalazo said. “He ran the ball well and threw the ball well. Newton had a great game. He had some circus catches at receiver and made nice plays at QB. He threw a nice long TD pass that was dropped. We’ve got two good QBs.”

CCC plays host to Wesley Chapel on Friday.

“The good thing is that we were fortunate it was only a preseason game,” Jalazo said. “All of the mistakes are coachable and correctable.”

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